New 2018 Porsche Macan facelift spied testing

2 Aug, 2017 10:37am James Brodie

Facelifted version of three year old Macan due to be revealed next year

Porsche is gearing up for an SUV product offensive with an all-new Cayenne due by the end of the year, while spy shots also reveal that a coupe-styled Cayenne is currently under consideration.

However, these brand new spy shots reveal that Porsche’s smaller offering – the Macan – won’t be left out. It’s three years old, and is due a facelift.

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The Macan has become a core part of Porsche’s line-up since launching in 2014, rapidly rising to become the brand’s bestseller. In 2016 Porsche delivered 237,778 cars globally - 95,642 of that figure accounted for by the Macan.

With 40 per cent of its sales now coming from its smallest SUV, it’s important that Porsche keeps the Macan fresh against newer rivals, such as the Jaguar F-Pace and Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

This test mule wears a fairly light disguise, suggesting that the Macan’s impending facelift will be a light one. At the front, masking suggests that new headlights are on the way, while a wider grille is also planned. Compared to recent spy shots of the next-generation Cayenne, it appears that Porsche is plotting a similar makeover for its smaller SUV.

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Looking at the rear of the car, the stuck on taillights are a giveaway – Porsche is likely plotting to introduce a revised rear end with a single LED strip running the width of the tailgate. It’s a design feature introduced on the latest Panamera, and will be rolled out across the brand’s entire portfolio as a new trademark rear lighting signature.

With the new Cayenne’s debut likely to happen before the year is out, we expect Porsche to pull the wraps off the facelifted Macan in 2018.

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